Coronavirus Australia live news: Restrictions ease for Victorians, 5km rule scrapped, hairdressers open

Victoria wakes to eased restrictions with the 5-kilometre rule extended to 25km and up to 10 people from two homes now able to meet outdoors.

Golf, tennis and skateparks have been given the green light and hairdressers will open in Melbourne for the first time in two-and-a-half months.

However, Victoria’s Shadow Attorney-General Edward O’Donohue says many small businesses are disappointed they cannot re-open and have not been given any certainty about their future.

Follow today’s events as they unfold.

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By Nicholas McElroy

By Nicholas McElroy

From 5km to 25km 


Good morning! And it really is! Looking fwd to bursting my 5km bubble, but can’t seem to find whether we’re still restricted in the reasons we can leave home – medical/caregiving, buying food & supplies, exercise, work/study. Has this been detailed anywhere? Thanks for the blog, it’s been my lifeline this year!

-Wondering not wandering


Good morning! This is what the Victorian DHHS has to say about your question: 


“You can now travel up to 25 km from your home or permitted workplace within metropolitan Melbourne. This replaces the 5km rule. Travel to regional Victoria is still only allowed for permitted purposes even if this is within 25 kms. This means you cannot travel into regional Victoria for exercise or recreation.”


“You can leave home for any period of time to exercise or see friends and family outdoors. This replaces the two hour limit on these activities. There are no limits on the number of times you can leave home.”

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Dagmar lost her husband during lockdown. Melbourne’s 25km limit means she still can’t see her family

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By Elise Kinsella


For Dagmar Limp, Melbourne’s new travel restrictions mean she can now travel to her favourite butcher, but still can’t see her daughter.

The 77-year-old lives in Warburton in the Yarra Ranges, and lost her husband Klaus two months ago, during Melbourne’s second lockdown.

She hasn’t been able to see one of her daughters, who lives in St Kilda, since her husband’s death because of the rule preventing Melburnians from travelling more than 5 kilometres from their homes.

“For some people I guess 25km will make a difference, but if you are this far out as I am in Warburton, well then it is no use to me at all,” she said.

By Nicholas McElroy

Midnight hair cuts and early morning tee times 


Melburnians have wasted no time making use of their new freedoms, after coronavirus restrictions were eased yesterday.


Restrictions preventing people from going to the hairdresser, or playing golf and tennis, were lifted at midnight.


The 5km travel restriction was also extended to 25km, giving people more freedom to travel out of their suburbs.


South Yarra hairdresser Joey Scandizzo opened his business at midnight.


“The phones have been going crazy so we’ve been trying to get everybody we can in,” he said.


“As soon as the clock struck 12 we were in here, we got them all done.”


Some keen golfers turned up early this morning to a golf club in North Balwyn hoping to be first on the course, only to find that the club did not yet have council approval to reopen.

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Need a more concise refresher on restrictions in Victoria?


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Here is the link to Sunday’s live blog


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Good morning


Welcome to the ABC’s Coronavirus live blog for Monday October 19. 


It’s an exciting day for Victorians with restrictions easing across the state. 


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